Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV breaks cover

Delia Walker
May 10, 2018

Rolls-Royce has lifted the veil on its highly anticipated Cullinan, a new super SUV that promises to shift the landscape in this burgeoning market.

According to claims made by Instagram poster eng_aalhammadi, Rolls-Royce PR had been sliding into his DMs (direct messages) ordering him to take down a leaked image of the luxury marque's first ever SUV. "Phantom will remain our ultimate flagship and the pinnacle position of luxury, Ghost is the younger, successful entrepreneur's choice of mobility and Cullinan is the third component and will attract younger, more progressive customers", Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce's CEO told us.

In terms of design, the Cullinan is instantly recognisable as a Roller, thanks to that upright, imposing face featuring the signature Pantheon grille flanked by slim headlights with "eyebrow" LED daytime-running lights. Getting in to the back is via typically Rolls-Royce rear-hinged coach doors that, like the front doors, clamp over the sills to prevent you getting dirty as you get in and out. As a result, much of the Cullinan's mechanical components are shared with the Phantom, including the 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine. Inside, passengers encounter a wing-like cowl atop the padded instrument panel, and a slightly rearranged interior compared to the Phantom. Even the massive 22-inch wheels don't look out of place here. The center screen now responds to touch, but can also be controlled by the Spirit of Ecstasy controller that's been moved from the armrest pull-out to the center tunnel. Another telltale Rolls-Royce detail comes in knowing the rear headrests move up when folding the seatback so that the headrests don't leave unsightly imprints in the cushions. Merrymakers in back can keep track of the driver's progress on the rear touchscreen map while they imbibe. The height difference prevents cargo from sliding all the way forward when the rear seats are lowered. Speaking of the trunk, maximum storage is 21 cubic feet. The standard equipment includes night vision system, a four-camera view system with panoramic view, all-round visibility, and helicopter view, collision warning, cross-traffic warning, lane departure and lane change warnings, WiFi hotspot, and many more.

It features four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering, to help deliver on the car's promise of making luxury Effortless, Everywhere.

Previously, the manufacturer has shared images of the auto being put through its paces on challenging terrains ranging from the desert to snow tracks.

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